We are offering young social entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their idea, project or business to our speakers, potential investors and conference participants. This is a great way to showcase your idea to people who can give you feedback and may be interested in learning more about what you have to offer!
• You get no more than one minute to talk about your concept or existing organization.
• No notes, poster boards or presentation software allowed.
• Props are limited to what you might have on you if you met someone in the elevator.
• There is no required structure. If you have an existing elevator pitch, use that. If you don’t, check out the suggestions below, some of the links here or go to the internet.
• The conference attendees will help in determining who wins the cash prize.
Suggestions for your pitch
1. Introduce yourself and identify your product or organization – this seems obvious but you want people to remember your name or idea so they can find you later
2. Briefly describe the problem you plan to solve – you understand the problem but make sure your audience understands the problem as well 3. Explain what is unique about your solution –communicate bringing value to your clients plus your passion and commitment to tackling your issue, this should take up most of your pitch
4. Keep it simple and avoid jargon – this isn’t the place for technical talk, acronyms or a sales pitch
5. Write it down – make sure your pitch is easy to understand and sounds as inspiring as you feel
6. Practice, practice, practice – your pitch needs to be memorized but should sound relaxed and conversational, practice with family and friends
7. Have fun! - no one else knows as much about your idea as you do, educate your audience